- Amotekun will not be collapsed into community police says Akeredolu
- The Ondo state government insisted that the security outfit will operate on its own
- Going further, the governor said there is an ongoing discussion on allowing Amotekun to carry arms
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Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state has declared that the South-West Security outfit, Amotekun, would not be collapsed into the planned community policing of the federal government.
The governor who is the chairman of southwest governor’s forum insisted that Amotekun would operate on its own.
However, he said this will be within the confines of the law that established the outfit.
Going further, he said those who are not comfortable with Amotekun to approach the court, Channels reports.
Going further, the governor revealed that the Amotekun corps has helped in the rescue of kidnap victims in the state.
He also said the Amotekun security outfit has come to stay and fully ready to protect the lives of the Southwest people.
Legit.ng had reported that Akeredolu assured residents that following the launch of Ondo State Security Network Agency popularly code-named Operation Amotekun, no criminal element shall disturb the state's relative peace.
He disclosed this at the passing-out ceremony of pioneer Amotekun officers on Tuesday, August 11, at the Gani Fawehinmi Freedom Arcade, Igbatoro Road, Akure.
The governor explained that with a workable synergy among the leadership of the security agencies and that of Amotekun, water-tight strategies, capable of arresting crimes would be deployed even before they occur.
In a related development, the Governor Seyi Makinde-led government in Oyo state has given approval of a whopping N59.7 million for the take-off of operation Amotekun.
The disclosure was made by the state information commissioner, Wasiu Olatunbosun, on Tuesday, August 4, after the executive meeting held virtually.
Olatunbosun said the state government made approval for the procurement of 3000 units of uniforms, combat boots, lanyard, baseball hats, security belts, worsted boots, and the production of the logo to distinguish the personnel from other security agencies in the state.
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